They are one of the very few Bandol producers who actually have vineyards within the village of Bandol. Le Galantin’s best vineyards are planted on poor clay, with a touch of limestone and sandy soil on old terraces, known locally as restanques, allowing deep ripening of the grapes and expressive flavours. The appellation’s south facing vineyards get an extraordinary amount of sunshine hours per year, however the heat is tempered by constant wind and also humidity from the sea, all of which in combination makes for robust, but balanced wines and provides the Rosé with serious substance and texture. The domaine’s vineyards are all tended by hand and cared for using organic methods.
Beautifully deep in colour with a purple hue in the glass. Initially it shows a touch of earth before filling out and taking on a darker profile of black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits with Provencal herbs. The cheery, rustic nature comes to the fore – lots of savoury black fruits, firm inky and dry savoury tannin. Very well balanced. Ian Cook, FWC.